Judged by award winning poet monique jonath, critically acclaimed novelist and poet Mark Graham, and honored short story writer and poet Ann Tinkham.
About monique, Mark & Ann
award winning poet
monique jonath is a twenty-year-old queer black poet from Oakland, CA (the ancestral lands of the Ohlone people) who is currently studying gender and sexuality and premedical studies at Brown University.
They started writing poetry as a joke in early high school, but it quickly developed into one of their biggest passions. They were a finalist for the position of Oakland Youth Poet Laureate in both 2018 and 2019 and their work has been published in the Youth Speaks anthology Between My Body and the Air (2020), Visitant Lit, and in the Sixteen Rivers Press youth poetry contest. They were also a finalist and a winner of the writer-voted Sixfold poetry contest.
In their free time, they are a peer sexual health educator, contemporary and African dancer, and music enthusiast.
acclaimed novelist and poet
Mark Graham is a critically acclaimed novelist and poet who has been writing professionally since 1988. He has written and published five critically acclaimed novels: The Harbinger (Henry Holt & Co.), The Missing Sixth (Harcourt, Brace, & Jovanovich), The Fire Theft (Viking Penguin), The Natanz Directive (St. Martin’s Press), and The Five Portals (Castle Knight Press). He has also written two acclaimed collections of poetry, Parents Are Diamonds – Children Are Pearls. (Amur Books) and And Wrap Your Arms Around Living (Castle Knight Press).
Mark lives in Denver with his wife. A love of gardening has also led to a passion for raising bonsai plants. He spends as much time outside as possible hiking, biking, and golfing. Working with young writers is one of the things he enjoys most.
Honored short story writer and poet
Ann Tinkham is a published author, ghostwriter, and editor based in Boulder, Colorado. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Apt, Denver Syntax, Edifice Wrecked, Foliate Oak, Lily Literary Review, Short Story Library, Slow Trains, Synchronized Chaos, The Adirondack Review, The Battered Suitcase, The Citron Review, The Literary Review, Toasted Cheese, Wild Violet, Word Riot, and others. Ann’s essay, “The Tree of Hearts” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story, “Afraid of the Rain” was nominated for Sundress’s Best of the Net Anthology.
Ann is an anti-social butterfly, pop-culturalist, virtual philosopher, ecstatic dancer, political and java junkie. When she’s not tinkering with words, she’s seeking adventures. Ann has talked her way out of an abduction and talked her way into the halls of the United Nations. She hitchhiked up a mountain in Switzerland and worked her way down the corporate ladder. Ann has flown on a trapeze and traded on the black market in Moscow. She cycles up steep canyons, hikes to glacial lakes and mountain peaks, and blazes her own ski trails.